Moseley School’s Film poster design winners…

darth-vader-face dance to survive

A quick post amidst the chaos of DVD development…a recent brilliant workshop at Moseley School in Birmingham produced ideas for re-theming a film poster or designing your own. Two winners were chosen and their poster ideas are here for your lookage! (Notice the blood on Vader’s face is in the shape of two Jedi fighting!)


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A blast from the creative past…

 Richard Allport Danielle Gearing winning image

Having been asked recently about the amazing photographic results that emerged from the “Searching for Creativity” workshops at Q3 Academy last year, I thought it fitting to upload some higher resolution files of some of the images created by the students.

Click here to see a full size selection of the finished images

Click here to see a full size image of the winning picture by Danielle Gearing

(Please be aware that these images are the property of Q3 Academy and are not for reproduction without permission)

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Colouring in without going over the lines at Grove Vale School!

Richard Allport Grove Vale colour

I was once described by an old acquaintance to her colleagues as “someone that colours in for a living!” This phrase sprang to mind as the final two-day workshop sessions at Grove Vale School saw the students see their hard work pay off as they had fun working on their projects in colour only!

All the initial development work they had done over the past several weeks culminated with a final top coat of colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom graphics tablets, which, it transpired, many of the students were going to purchase for themselves to continue their work at home!

I must say that the enthusiasm within these classes was of the highest order and the pupils were hungry to know more and improve their technical skills and imaginations, very encouraging!

Of particular note was the work done by Tyler Phillips- Walters and Jagjit Hayer. Their keenness to push the possibilities of what they could get out of the software and how much they could use their imaginations was brilliant to witness, so a special mention goes out to them, they should be very proud of their efforts!

I look forward to working with Grove Vale again next term and would like to express my deepest thanks for all the help and assistance given by head Andy Lievers, Sally Roberts and all the other staff who have been so supportive over the weeks. (Maybe with the exception of Miss Mannion who told me off (!), although she wasn’t aware of the rabbit fingers I was sticking up behind her head most of the time and seemed puzzled at the pupils continuous laughter during some sessions!)

The creative potential within Grove Vale and the dedication of its staff makes it a place to keep an eye on and is easily one of this areas most outstanding schools!

Richard Allport 2010,,

Easy Art Pro Training Aid’s launch.

 Richard Allport long queue

Next term will see the much anticipated and enquired about “Easy Art Pro Training Aid 10xDVD Boxed Set”!

The Easy Art Pro workshops, seminars and CPD sessions continue to be a great success, and the training aid DVD’s will be the ideal support and continuation from the real world starting points, taking teachers and pupils step by step over the whole spectrum of creativity from a blank page to a finished image or design and every conceivable stage in between!

The set comes complete with two DVD’s dedicated solely to the basic and advanced use of Adobe Photoshop Elements, its capabilities, tips, tricks, techniques and industry insider methods of its use, something many schools, teachers and students alike have been enquiring about for many months.

We are currently in talks about the Easy Art Pro methods becoming an established element of the national and even international curriculum, something needless to say we are very excited about!

No pre orders are currently being taken for the new 10 DVD release, but dates of its availability will be announced here when they are confirmed.

Check back here for further updates!

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Grove Vale School’s pupils’ lack of enthusiasm caught on camera!

Richard Allport Grove Vale School new

One of the penultimate technical workshops took place recently at Grove Vale School with great results once again.

Pupils got fully to grips with Adobe Photoshop and Wacom’s graphics tablets with ease and began utilising the software’s distort and layering facilities.

The following workshops will complete the course by demonstrating how to use colour quickly and effectively to complete a final design.

Check back here soon for images of their creations!

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Yew Tree School goes tech!

Richard Allport Design technology

The students that were glooped, splodged and blotched during the Make me a Monster workshops, recently followed through with two amazing days of technical learning at Yew Tree School.

They were shown how to take their sketches of monster designs and realise them in full colour using Adobe Photoshop Elements and Wacom Graphics tablets and the phrase “ducks to water” wouldn’t be out of place to describe the results!

These were easily the most eye-popping workshops so far as everyone battled on with new software and hardware and tackled the process of learning something totally new.

The students were nothing short of amazing and the teachers and head of Yew Tree should feel proud of how their school ethos and implementation of ECM ethics were clearly visible with results shining through the images the students produced.

I look forward to seeing some of the completed results in the following weeks and working with Yew Tree School next term.

Many thanks to everyone involved!

Richard Allport 2010,,

Make me a Monster wriggles into Yew Tree School!

Richard Allport Yew Tree ICT suite

This week saw the Make me a Monster workshop spread its tentacles into both sites of Yew Tree School with the usual crazy results!

After detailed discussions with Head teacher Mr. Martin and assistants Gail Moore, Lisa Holian, Penny Weston and Tejal Harders, it was decided to run two creative and then technical workshops with the students. The stunning ICT suites kitted out with high end Apple Macs and Wacom graphics tablets at both Yew Tree venues were a testament to the school’s commitment to deliver the very best learning environments to students and teachers alike.

The first creative sessions went brilliantly and, as seems to always be the case, I was staggered at the pupils’ levels of creativity and confidence to try new things. Much fun was had distorting images and photographs of the students themselves and introducing new and innovative approaches to creativity (Including humming at anyone who walked past the lesson! Apologies to anyone who thought there were swarms of bees somewhere!)

Designs of the two democratically voted winners of each day were whisked away by me and rendered in colour (See below) and a certificate of merit will be presented to the pupils and Schools after the half term break.

Richard Allport yew tree monsters

Here’s looking forward to the next technical lessons!

Ps. Many thanks especially to Gail Moore who has been such a great help in organising the workshops.

Richard Allport 2010,,

Recent rumblings at Grove Vale School…

Having already turned Grove Vale School into a goblin, comments in a recent meeting “offered” me a mild challenge to “re- find” something in a picture of the school’s new entrance area…

Richard Allport Grove Vale Monster new

Not wanting to disappoint, the image above emerged out of a couple of minutes of starring, see if you can match the bits up from the school to the finished scribble!

In addition, last week saw two workshops and a teacher training session which all went brilliantly! The workshops launched the start of a seven week creative development course for the students, so here’s looking forward to them all being as sucessful as the first ones! Many thanks also to all the teachers attending the CPD session who watched some of the visual “oddness” that the students had already seen. Its always amusing watching adult’s reaction and confusion to things that pupils tend to see through almost immediately!

A special note of thanks to Sally Roberts and Headmaster Andy Leivers for their continuing support and creative commitment. Very inspiring!

Watch this space for more of the student’s progress……and probably teacher’s deepening confusion!!!

Richard Allport 2010,,

Photoshop Elements 8 FREE 30 day trial

Richard Allport photoshop elements 

It may be of interest to schools not currently using Adobe Photoshop that a free 30 day trial is downloadable at the link below.

Any schools currently booking Easy Art Pro workshops can take advantage of this and fit the trial time around your workshop date.

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